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about 21 Poems: Dear South Africa

Dear South Africa, You are not a child anymore. We should have thrown you a huge street bash and handed you your key to adulthood. But we couldn't. There’s not enough to celebrate. You see, we’re not sure you deserve...

podcasts from Protest and Poetry

From poets like Ingoapele Madingoane, Nontsizi Mgqwetho, Don Materra, Lefifi Tladi and countless others, poetry was the potent weapon that exposed, questioned, decried, denounced and resisted oppression. At the 2012 Joi Book Fair we had the opportunity to reflect on...

Vote in the Word N Sound Poetry Awards

The first annual Word N Sound Poetry Awards were created to recognize and thank the many talented individuals who have been part of our journey in 2012. The awards also serve to honour those that excelled during the year displaying...

Poetry and Protest at Jozi Book Fair

I am so excited and I'm looking forward to Jozi Book Fair this weekend.  As you know, Black Letter Media publishes and sells books through Book Lover's Market and Poetry Potion. We're all about supporting the indie writer and the indie...

Up&Coming: Mandi Poefficient

We asked Mandi Poefficient, a performance poet in Johannesburg, about what drives her. Poetry Potion: When did you start writing poetry and why? Mandi Poefficient: I began writing poetry in matric, there was a piece I remember doing about my...